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The Barnegat Bay estuary is a habitat that supports many species of plants and animals. 
The goal of this website is to provide information about the various species of shellfish in Barnegat Bay and their environment.

Barnegat Light

 Barnegat Light

 

An aerial view of the bay shows the Atlantic Ocean to the right (east), the barrier islands Island Beach

(technically, a peninsula) to the north and Long Beach Island to the south. 

 

Separating the two islands is Barnegat Inlet.

 

(the location of Barnegat Light)

 

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for larger map

 

 

The blue-eyed scallop

Bay Scallop

(yes, they have blue eyes)

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Have a Question?

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Our prayers and best wishes continue to go out to everyone effected by Hurricane Sandy

 

Help to identify locations of wild oysters in Barnegat Bay

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Barnegat Bay

  Q.  What exactly are shellfish?  

For one thing, they are not fish.  They have no vertebrate (backbone).  They do not have scales or fins and some can swim, many cannot.

 

In the culinary world, two major groups of seafood are called shellfish.

Mollusks - include clams, oysters, mussels, conch, snails and scallops.

Crustaceans - include shrimp, crabs, lobster and crawfish.

Squid and octopus are sometimes considered shellfish as well.

The dictionary definition is " An aquatic animal, such as a mollusk or crustacean, that has a shell or shell-like exoskeleton.


Learn More about Shellfish  <click here>

Barnegat Bay Watershed

 Q. What is a watershed?

A watershed is defined as the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place, according to the EPA website.

 

Think of a watershed as a large bathtub. When a drop of water hits anywhere in that bathtub it eventually finds

 its way to the drain.

The Barnegat Bay watershed includes most of Ocean County, NJ and a portion of southern Monmouth County.

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It encompasses 660 square miles and stretches between mile markers 53 and 92 on the Garden State Parkway.
 

It includes fresh water from nine streams and rivers that flow east into Barnegat Bay
 

It is home to 38 municipalities, more than 500,000 people, scores of animal species and a wide range of ecosystems, including forest, marsh, pond and bay.
 

10 Things YOU CAN DO

To Maintain a Healthy Barnegat Bay

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Credits
Lighthouse image - Jersey Shore Photos
Barnegat Bay Watershed and Estuary Foundation  http://www.bbwef.org